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Definition of Parasuicide

Parasuicide: An apparent attempt at suicide, commonly called a suicidal gesture, in which the aim is not death. For example, a sublethal drug overdose or wrist slash. Previous parasuicide is a predictor of suicide. The increased risk of subsequent suicide persists without decline for at least two decades.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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